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Letter: A response to Cal Thomas's Rittenhouse column

Schmidt writes, "The last paragraph of Thomas’s column asks a few rhetorical questions, the final one which I quote: 'Or would you be glad that a Kyle Rittenhouse is patrolling your streets like a neighborhood watchman, doing the job the police are unable, or reluctant to do?' Frankly, Mr. Thomas, that scenario scares the hell out of me."

Letter to the editor FSA

I write in response to the column from Cal Thomas published in The Forum Nov 26, 2021.

I believe the “militia” mentioned in the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States infers a group that has weapons in common to minimize the different types of ammunition necessary, to ensure that when your neighbor falls you can use his ammunition.

A “militia,” I believe, is a group with training in common so that you and the others in the group know how the team has been trained to respond in different situations.

I believe a “militia” has a chain of command.

I believe a “militia” is a neighborhood thing.

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None of the above apply to Kyle Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse lived in Antioch, Illinois, 20 miles, and across a state border, from Kenosha, Wisconsin. I don’t consider a town 20 miles from Fargo and across the Minnesota border in my neighborhood.

The last paragraph of Thomas’s column asks a few rhetorical questions, the final one which I quote: “Or would you be glad that a Kyle Rittenhouse is patrolling your streets like a neighborhood watchman, doing the job the police are unable, or reluctant to do?” Frankly, Mr. Thomas, that scenario scares the hell out of me. How does a vigilante from 20 miles away know I belong where he is patrolling? What training has that vigilante had regarding property protection?

Don Schmidt lives in Fargo.

This letter does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.

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